11am Man Utd transfer news LIVE: Sancho deal expected, Pau Torres targeted, Max Aarons LATEST, Ronaldo on return

11am Man Utd transfer news LIVE: Sancho deal expected, Pau Torres targeted, Max Aarons LATEST, Ronaldo on return

MANCHESTER UNITED are reportedly ready to swoop once again for Borussia Dortmund and England ace Jadon Sancho.

Also on the transfer front, we've the very latest from Old Trafford on reported interest in Pau Torres and Paulo Dybala

Follow all the latest with our blog below…

  • Giacomo Pisa

    KOUNDE ON THE CARDS?

    Manchester United are reportedly interested in Sevilla centre back Jules Kounde, who was a summer target for Manchester City.

    United are keen to add to their defensive ranks, with Pau Torres, Ozan Kabak, Caglar Soyuncu and Ben White all also linked to the Red Devils.

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side were linked with French defender Jules Kounde in the summer, but nothing materialised.

    However according to Mundo Deportivo the 22-year-old may be targeted this January, as the the Red Devils eye a title charge.

    Kounde will not come cheap, with a release clause of £72million, but with Victor Lindelof struggling with injury, and Phil Jones and Marcos Rojo linked with moves away from Old Trafford, United are eager to shore things up at the back.

  • Giacomo Pisa

    POLLS APART

    The fans have spoken and told us who you believe is the standout performer of 2020.

    And we can now reveal the winner… step-forward Manchester United ace Bruno Fernandes.

    The Portuguese international trounced all his rivals, finishing above three England internationals.

    Declan Rice, who has enjoyed another excellent year at West Ham, finished in second spot, with Aston Villa playmaker Aston Villa Jack Grealish third, and Arsenal youngster Bukayo Saka a deserved fourth.

    But it was Fernandes, 26, who won all the plaudits in our Sun Football poll.

    Since signing for the Red Devils for £47million, the midfielder has been nothing short of sensational.

    Credit: Times Newspapers Ltd

     

  • Giacomo Pisa

    SANCHO LATEST

    Chelsea have reportedly joined Manchester United in the race to sign Jadon Sancho.

    And according to CBS Soccer podcast Que Golazo, there are TWO possible destinations for the England international.

    Chelsea are now keeping an eye on his situation in Germany and could dash United's hopes of landing the 20-year-old.

    But both clubs will have to wait until the end of the season – Dortmund are not considering a January sale of the star winger.

    Manchester United were heavily speculated with his return to England in the summer but refused to stump up his £108million asking price.

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  • Giacomo Pisa

    BIRTHDAY BOY

    Manchester United are celebrating the birthday of legendary boss Sir Alex Ferguson.

    Ferguson led United to THIRTEEN Premier League titles, as well as two Champions league trophies, five FA Cup triumphs, and four League Cup successes.

  • Giacomo Pisa

    TITLE TALK

    With Manchester United just three points behind leaders Liverpool with a game in hand, there are whispers of a potential title race going around Old Trafford.

    However, Red Devils goalkeeper David De Gea is warning fans not to get too carried away just yet.

    He told Manchester United's offical website: "We need to be calm. There are still a lot of games to play, big games.

    "We have to stay focused and not look forward too much but just look to the next game. So, Aston Villa is the most important thing now."

  • Giacomo Pisa

    NEW YEAR RESOLUTION

    Alex Telles is a doubt for Manchester United's New Year's Day clash with Aston Villa.

    That could see Luke Shaw return to the side at left-back in a straight swap.

    Brazilian Telles, 28, was taken off at half-time in the win over Wolves on Tuesday after he suffered a heavy challenge during the opening 45 minutes, but Ole Gunnar Solskjaer insisted the decision to bring Shaw on was tactical.

    Here's how we think the Red Devils will line up.

  • Giacomo Pisa

    ON FIRE

    Marcus Rashford has ended 2020 on a high, after bagging the winning goal in the last minute victory against Wolves on Tuesday.

    23-year-old Rashford is having a hugely impressive season so far, with his contributions helping United to just three points off top spot in the Premier League.

    The Red Devils also have a game in hand on current leaders Liverpool.

  • Giacomo Pisa

    TIM'S UP

    Manchester United defender Timothy Fosu-Mensah has reportedly REJECTED a new three-and-a-half year contract.

    The 22-year-old's current deal ends this summer and he is believed to be considering offers from clubs abroad.

    The likes of Marseille and Hertha Berlin are believed to be in the running for the versatile Dutch international.

    Sky Sports reports that both clubs 'are prepared to pay a small transfer fee to sign him next month if it means getting ahead of the competition'.

  • Josh Graham

    GOOD MORNING RED DEVILS FANS

    SunSport can exclusively reveal Man United have renewed their interest in Norwich defender Max Aarons.

    But they may have to wait until the summer to make their move.

    The highly-rated England under-21 international is wanted by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and would jump at the chance of a switch.

    United were interested in Aarons in June 2019 but he was the second option behind Aaron Wan-Bisska who moved from Crystal Palace for £50m.

    But while Wan-Bissska is a solid defence, Solskjaer wants a right-back with more of an attacking threat and this is one of the Norwich player’s biggest strengths.

    Meanwhile, Leon Bailey has put United and Arsenal on red alert by joining Will Salthouse’s Unique Sports Management Agency.

    The Bayer Leverkusen star has been linked with moves to both teams as well as Tottenham.

    Everton are also said to have sent scouts to watch the winger.

    Jamaican international Bailey is valued around £40million and will be represented by his dad Craig Butler’s Phoenix Sports Management and Salthouse’s USM, according to the Mail.

    Finally, Utd are also leading the charge for Chelsea target Moises Caicedo.

    Fabrizio Romano claims contacts have been made with the 19-year-old Ecuador midfielder.

    There are no bids on the table yet but the ball is in United’s court.

    And it’s now up to the Red Devils to make their move before Chelsea and other sides join the fray.

  • Anthony Chapman

    FANDEMONIUM

    Next month's hotly-anticipated North-West derby between the league leaders Liverpool and second-placed Manchester United will be played behind closed doors.

    Fans will once again be banned from ALL English football stadiums from Thursday morning after a rapid rise in coronavirus cases.

    Liverpool and Everton were the only remaining Premier League sides allowed to host supporters – until an announcement by health secretary Matt Hancock on Wednesday afternoon.

  • Anthony Chapman

    MORE PREM COVID Q&A

    CAN’T THEY JUST MAKE UP THE GAMES?

    It’s not that easy. The delayed start means the Prem season, normally spread over 34 weekends, is actually being played over 32, with two extra midweek dates scheduled.

    But there is far less wriggle room after European games meant midweeks were unavailable until the middle of December.

    Prem fixture planners have set aside three “catch-up” dates – March 2, April 20 and May 19 – but there is still not enough room if teams go deep in Europe and the domestic cups.

    YES, BUT WHAT ABOUT EXTENDING THE SEASON?

    No can do. Unless there is a Europe-wide shutdown, the Prem must finish on May 23, to give players time to prepare for the delayed Euro 2020 starting in June.

    The Europa League and Champions League Finals are the following week, too.

    SO WHAT IF THERE IS A SERIES OF INFECTIONS?

    Being unable to complete the full season is the Prem’s worst fear, especially as clubs would have to confirm “curtailment rules” allowing a points per game calculation.

    They were already split on how many matches need to be played for the season to be deemed legitimate – and are now LESS likely to reach agreement. 

  • Anthony Chapman

    YOUR FOOTY COVID QUESTIONS ANSWERED

    WILL THE PREM SHUT DOWN?

    Not if League chiefs can avoid it, for many reasons.

    Scheduling is the main one, but they also risk losing yet more millions in TV company “rebates”, on top of the £340m the clubs have to pay back for LAST season.

    BUT WHY ARE GAMES BEING CALLED OFF?

    Prem rules actually say that postponement requests “will not be granted” if a club has 14 or more senior players available.

    But the League Board can exercise discretion “on a case by case basis” and both City’s trip to Everton and Spurs’ game with Fulham were postponed over fear of the virus being passed on to the opposition dressing room.

    THAT’S TWO GAMES. SO WHY ARE PEOPLE CONCERNED?

    City and United started the season a week late, because of their Euro exertions in the summer.

    So City are now two games behind, as are Aston Villa, who were due to play United on the opening weekend.

    Now Newcastle, Everton, Burnley, Spurs and Fulham are also a game shy of schedule.

  • Anthony Chapman

    RASH DECISION

    He's a man in form.

    Can Marcus Rashford continue his hot streak against Aston Villa on Friday?

    And will he be key to Man United's surprise title challenge?

  • Anthony Chapman

    PAY THE PRICE

    Juventus have joined Barcelona in the race for former Manchester United winger Memphis Depay, according to reports.

    The Lyon ace was heavily linked with a move to the Nou Camp at the end of last season.

    But the Catalans will face stiff competition for the Dutchman in January with the Serie A giants also keen, according to Turin newspaper La Stampa.

    Juve are also said to be considering including forward Federico Bernardeschi, 26, as part of a swap deal.

  • Anthony Chapman

    BLOCK-BUSTER YEAR

    We all know 2020 has been a year like no other – but we can still rely on sport to provide a sense of normality with explosive bust-ups galore.

    From boxing heavyweights to fighting team-mates to Jurgen Klopp over and over again, the last 12 months have certainly delivered.

    So SunSport takes a look back over some of the most bonkers, bizarre and brutal clashes of the year…

    SEE THE MOST EXPLOSIVE ROWS OF 2020 HERE

  • Anthony Chapman

    BAIL OUT PLAN

    Leon Bailey has put Manchester United and Arsenal on red alert by joining Will Salthouse's Unique Sports Management Agency.

    The Bayer Leverkusen star has been linked with moves to both teams as well as Tottenham.

    Everton are also said to have sent scouts to watch the winger.

    Jamaican international Bailey is valued around £40million and will be represented by his dad Craig Butler's Phoenix Sports Management and Salthouse's USM, according to the Mail.

  • Anthony Chapman

    BRING THE MOISE

    Man Utd are leading the charge for Chelsea target Moises Caicedo.

    Fabrizio Romano claims contacts have been made with the 19-year-old Ecuador midfielder.

    There are no bids on the table yet but the ball is in United’s court.

    And it’s now up to the Red Devils to make their move before Chelsea and other sides join the fray.

  • Anthony Chapman

    EXCLUSIVE BY CHARLIE WYETT

    Man United have renewed their interest in Norwich defender Max Aarons – but may have to wait until the summer.

    The highly-rated England under-21 international is wanted by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and would jump at the chance of a move.

    Yet the Championship leaders are in no need to sell financially having banked over £40million in the summer after selling Ben Godfrey to Everton and Jamal Lewis to Newcastle.

    United were interested in Aarons in June 2019 but he was the second option behind Aaron Wan-Bisska who moved from Crystal Palace for £50m.

    But while Wan-Bissska is a solid defence, Solskjaer wants a right-back with more of an attacking threat and this is one of the Norwich player’s biggest strengths.

  • Anthony Chapman

    FROM SUNSPORT’S MARTIN BLACKBURN

    Manchester City will re-open their training ground on Wednesday afternoon after the latest round of Covid tests came back negative.

    Monday night’s game at Everton had to be called off amid fears the virus had spread through Pep Guardiola’s squad.

    But they can now continue planning for Sunday’s game at Chelsea – along with next Wednesday’s Carabao Cup trip to Manchester United.

    A City statement read: “Manchester City FC can confirm that first team training will resume at the CFA this afternoon.

    “The full Covid 19 bubble underwent testing on Tuesday and results so far have revealed no new positive cases.

    “Safety remains our number one priority and the club will continue to proceed with great caution."

  • Kostas Lianos

    WRIGHT COACHING

    Arsenal legend Ian Wright has praised Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's coaching.

    Solskjaer's United picked up a last-gasp 1-0 victory over Wolves at Okld Trafford thanks to a late goal by Marcus Rashford.

    The Norwegian boss stole the victory at the death when he moved Rashford to the right flank and brought in Anthony Martial on the left.

    Wright believes that was some brilliant coaching that helped the Red Devils climb up to second place on the Premier League table.

    The Arsenal said: "I think Ole deserves credit for the way he switched Marcus Rashford over from the left-hand side to the right-hand side.

    "When he did that – from the left, the runs he was making were in to out, he wasn't really hurting their defence.

    "He was getting the ball in positions where they were very happy, very comfortable. When you've got Bruno Fernandes who can hit the ball like that… he's still got a lot to do but we're talking about someone with supreme confidence.

    "He gets the luck, gets the deflection off Romain Saiss – who had a brilliant game – and gets the goal. Brilliant play from him today. And you've got to give Ole Gunnar Solskjaer credit for it."

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  • Kostas Lianos

    NO KO-VID BREAK

    As mentioned below, today's Premier League clash between Tottenham and Fulham has been postponed after the Cottagers returned a number of positive COVID-19 tests on Tuesday.

    However, the Premier League remains determined to keep the season going despite the latest coronavirus spike which led to a record 18 cases among players and staff, with a total of 1,479 people tested.

    Therefore, there are currently no plans for a two-week ‘circuit breaker’ as discussed by a few clubs.

    This is the third Premier League match that gets postponed following Newcastle vs Aston Villa in early December and Monday's game between Manchester City and Everton

  • Kostas Lianos

    CORONAVIRUS POSTPONEMENT

    The Premier League clash between Tottenham and Fulham has been postponed due to a COVID-19 outbreak at the Cottagers' side.

    It is understood that the game, which was scheduled for Wednesday at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium has been called off.

    This comes after the Premier League announced there were 18 coronavirus cases among players and staff, with a total of 1,479 people tested.

    This marked the highest number of positive results since weekly testing started.

  • Kostas Lianos

    DE-R TO DREAM

    Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea says there is belief within the squad that they can end their trophy drought this season.

    United haven't won the league ever since 2013 but De Gea, who was part of that last ever Sir Alex Ferguson squad, believes this could indeed be the year everything changes.

    The Red Devils' dramatic 1-0 win over Wolves last night took them to second place just two points away from Premier League leaders Liverpool.

    He said: "Of course, I think there's belief. You have to believe, keep believing all the time.

    "But at the same time we have to be calm because this is a long way to finish, many games to come.

    "I think we have now a winning mentality and this is very important for the team. All of us we want to win, we keep trying until the end.

    "The manager wants us to try until the end. It was great to see the team trying to score until the last minute and then we scored a goal so it's perfect for us.

    "We are playing to win every game now so it's beautiful to see the team playing to win, trying to create chances, to score goals.”

  • Kostas Lianos

    TOP BAILL-ER

    Bruno Fernandes has praised Manchester United team-mate Eric Bailly on social media following his impressive performance on Tuesday against Wolves.

    United beat Nuno Espirito Santo's team 1-0 at Old Trafford thanks to a late goal by Marcus Rashford.

    But Fernandes claims there was only one man of the match that night and that was none other than Bailly.

    The Ivory Coast defender took to Instagram where he wrote: "A clean sheet and a victory. Good way to end a year to forget. We are coming for you, 2021."

    Fernandes responded by stating: "My man of the match".

    United team-mates Juan Mata and Scott McTominay seconded the attacking midfielder's statement as they joined him in praising Bailly on the comments' section

  • Kostas Lianos

    BRAND-ING WILLIAMS

    Newcastle are keeping tabs on Manchester United youngster Brandon Williams.

    Williams was called up from the United academy in 2019 and has since made 41 appearances for the senior squad.

    According to the Newcastle Chronicle, the Magpies have been looking closely and deemed him a good option to sign if he becomes available.

    The young left-back has only made two appearances in the Premier League this season having fallen behind Luke Shaw and Alex Telles in the pecking order

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